Dear SafeMama Weekend Edition: New Use For Old Fabric

By Kristie Turck •  Published 04/04/09 •  2 min read

dear safemamaI’m searching for a way to dispose of my old pieces of fabric that are not good anymore. I can’t find any place that takes old piece of fabric except for wearable used clothes.  I have already reused them the maximum I could in making old clothes into rags but what do I do with my old rags?  I have also old washed clothes gone all thin in the middle,  and I can’t find a way of reusing them.  I feel guilty putting “fabric” in the trash bin.

I’ll admit I was stumped when this question came in.  What do you do with rags you’ve already made out of old clothes or what to do with old sheets and blankets you just have no room to store any longer?  I had no idea.  Then my neighborhood newsletter came in the mail and I had an epiphany.  In it they were asking on behalf of our local Spay/Neuter animal shelter for cloth donations for the animals.

What a great idea! Many animal shelters that care for and house animals run solely on donations and what better use for an old sheet or blanket than to help make a stray animal feel comfortable and cared for.  Contact your local animal shelters and animal facilities in your area to find out what they need.  There might be other opportunities for donations – rugs? unused pet supplies for food, towels, sheets, fabric, rags… find out what they need and perhaps your trash is an animals saving grace.

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